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June 2, 2015

Professor Venkatesh Kodur is chairman of PROTECT2015.

PROTECT2015 studies the art, science, and practice of structural engineering, June 29-30, 2015

Dangers ranging from raging fires to devastating earthquakes to the deterioration of infrastructures threaten entire communities around the world every year. 

The Michigan State University College of Engineering will host PROTECT 2015 – the fifth international workshop on performance, protection and strengthening of structures under extreme loading – providing a workshop venue in East Lansing, Mich., from June 29-30. 

Sharing research, technology, and expertise on structural response, material performance, extreme loading, and structural management is an important way that specialists are able to develop solutions and improve safety.

Professor Venkatesh Kodur, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MSU and chairman of PROTECT2015, said workshop topics will focus on the behavior of structures under extreme loading conditions, including the art, science, and practice of structural engineering.

“Our infrastructure around the world is aging at a rapid pace,” Kodur said, “yet our expectations of better performance are increasing. This conference will have information on the latest developments for better design of structures to withstand extreme loading events, such as earthquake, blast, impact, fire, and other environmental conditions. 

Technical papers to be presented at the workshop include: 

  • Performance of structures under impact loads, blast and explosive loads, shock loads, fire, and seismic loads.
  • Strengthening of structures under extreme loading, assessment of structural conditions, coatings and surface treatments, strengthening and repair methods, and retrofitting for seismic loads.
  • Performance of materials including response under high strain rates, influence of low and high temperatures, cyclic and other dynamic loads, test methods, specialized concrete, steel and fiber reinforce polymers.
  • Structural management and protection including protection concepts and designs, underground facilities, structural health monitoring, and advanced sensing and fire protection materials. 

Michigan State University lost its engineering building to a devastating fire in 1916.

Events will take place at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing and include tours of the MSU Civil Infrastructure Laboratory, which has unique testing facilities to undertake experiments on structural components and assemblies under extreme loading conditions. 

Kodur said this is the first time the workshop will be held in the United States, following venues in British Columbia, Japan, Switzerland and India. Steering committee members are from Canada, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States.